The main outlets are far from each other: Sawgrass Mills (12801 W Sunrise Blvd), for instance, is located in Fort Lauderdale, some 25 miles [40 km] from Miami, while Florida Keys Outlet Center (250 E Palm Dr Homestead) is on the way to Key West, to the south.
Be honest with yourself: you won’t spend just two hours at an outlet. The complexes are huge. It will take some time just to wander around them. Arrive early – the commercial centers usually open at 10 a.m. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the stores before they get messy and crowded.
Outlets are usually big. Start by browsing their websites, which list all their stores and feature maps. Sawgrass Mills alone has over 300 stores, divided into seven sections. There you can find such brands as Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Ermenegildo Zegna, Kate Spade and Prada, all with reduced prices. Meanwhile, the Dolphin Mall (11401 NW 12th Street), which offers outlet prices and is located near the international airport, has around 240 establishments, including multi-brand retailers like Bloomingdale’s.
As you’ll walk a lot and carry shopping bags, avoid tight shoes and fabrics that restrict movement. Also, some stores have fitting rooms, so be sure to wear pieces that are easy to take off and put on. Consider pieces that you can try clothes on over for places that don’t have fitting rooms.
You can rent a shopping cart at the Dolphin Mall and Sawgrass Mills for a small price. Another practical option is to bring wheeled suitcases to carry the items you purchase – many tourists buy new suitcases at the outlet.